Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park in the United States and the world. It is most famous for its geothermal activity and especially Old Faithful Geyser. Half of the world´s geothermal features are here in Yellowstone, which is located over the Yellowstone Caldera, considered the largest super volcano on the continent. Yellowstone National Park not only has geothermal features but also has lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges. Its name is coming from ´Roche Jaune´, the name given by French trappers to the Yellowstone River. Later, this French name was translated into Yellow Stone.

During our visit, we were amazed by the size of the park. It spans 3 states, although it is mainly located in Wyoming. You have to be aware that there will be a lot of driving when visiting the park.

Here we share our top things to do while visiting Yellowstone National Park

Go to Old Faithful

A visit to Yellowstone National Park wouldn’t be complete without seeing an eruption of its most famous geyser. It is one of the most predictable geothermal features on earth, hence the name. In the visitor center, there is a display showing the time of the next eruption.

Old Faithfull

If you time it right, you can hike up to observation point to have a view from above. Unfortunately, we were just too late to see it.

Geyser Hill Yellowstone

Visit the rest of Upper Geyser Basin

Old Faithful is not the only geyser in this park. Although the other ones are not so predictable, there is a chance you might see them erupt. And it is also a nice walk along all those steaming geysers.

Upper Geyser Basin

When we were there, we saw the eruption of the Riverside Geyser (with the rainbow) and the Grand Geyser.

Riverside Geyser

Geyser Hill Yellowstone

If you walk all the way to the end, you come at the Morning Glory Pool. The colors here are amazing but they are less bright then in the beginning because of all the trash people throw into the pools and geyser.

Morning Glory pool

Visit Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States. The colors ranging from green to red are the result of microbial mats around the edges. The center of the pool is sterile due to the extreme high temperatures.

The colors are more visual when you can look from above, which is not possible but from up close you can see the microbial mats.

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone

See the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

There are not only geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park but also canyons. From a number of observation points, you can watch the Lower and upper Falls.

We took a hike along the canyon following the Ribbon Lake Loop Trail, which follows a section of the South Rim Trail along the Canyon.

Yellowstone Canyon

Yellowstone Canyon

At the end of the South Rim Trail, we hiked through forest towards Ribbon Lake.

wood

after the rain

The trail takes us to the shore of the small Clear Lake. You pass along a white ground with steaming vents and boiling mud.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

It is a very nice walk, away from the busy crowds at the view points along the canyon.

Visit West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin is located on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

For a nice view of Yellowstone Lake, you can walk the Yellowstone Lake Overlook trail.

Yellowstone lake

Visit Norris Geyser Basin

This is the hottest geyser in the park and you can follow a path that wonders through Norris Geyser Basin. We were there in the late afternoon and were practically alone. And this is also the time when the light is the most beautiful.

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Spot wildlife

In Yellowstone National Park, there are a large amount of animals and the chance of seeing one is bit. But, always keep a safe distance when you encounter wildlife. To be sure, we bought bear spray to take with us on our hikes.

We saw bison, deer, moose, and a grizzly bear.

bear in Yellowstone

bison in Yellowstone

Deer

Drinking moose

Ultimate things to do in Yellowstone

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